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WeAreSC All-Time Team: TE and FB Selected

The WeAreSC All-Time USC Trojans saw the finishing touches put on the offense, as voters selected the tight end and fullback.

Sam Cunningham was the runaway winner at fullback, beating out a strong group at a position that holds an important place in a lot of USC fans’ hearts.

Sam “Bam” Cunningham (photo above, right) was a 1972 All-American and a member of the 1972 national championship team. He’s also responsible for two of the most memorable moments in USC history. Cunningham scored four touchdowns in a blowout win over Ohio State in the 1973 Rose Bowl. And his performance against Alabama in 1970, 135 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries, led Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant to bring him into the locker room to tell each player on his team, “This is what a football player looks like.” The performance helped convince Bryant to begin recruiting black players to his program.

Cunningham was a first-round pick of the Patriots, was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He finished his USC career with 1,579 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, to go with 293 receiving yards and two more touchdowns.

The tight end voting went the same way as fullback, with a runaway winner and a fairly obvious choice.

Charles Young was a unanimous All-American in 1972 and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Young finished his USC career with 68 receptions for 1,090 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 29 receptions in 1972 led the team. Nicknamed “Tree” due to his 6-foot-4 frame, Young set records for receptions by a tight end during his USC career, and was an asset in the run game as well, serving as a terrific blocker.

Young was the sixth overall selection of the 1973 NFL draft and was selected to the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2015.

WeAreSC All-Time Team


Quarterback: Matt Leinart

Running backs: Marcus Allen, Reggie Bush

Fullback: Sam Cunningham

Wide receivers: Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Williams

Tight end: Charles Young

Offensive line: Anthony Munoz, Brad Budde, Ryan Kalil, Bruce Matthews, Tony Boselli


Defensive line: Leonard Williams, Mike Patterson, Shaun Cody, Willie McGinest

Linebackers: Junior Seau, Chris Claiborne, Richard Wood

Cornerbacks: Joey Browner, Adoree’ Jackson

Safeties: Ronnie Lott, Troy Polamalu

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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